The delivery of an Olympic torch to the International Space Station (ISS) will be another symbol of the unity of nations, Soyuz TMA-11M engineer, NASA astronaut Rich Mastracchio said.
He told a pre-flight press conference in Baikonur on Wednesday that the Olympic Games were an event contributing to the unity of nations and that it was a pleasure to see so many people united by a common goal.
The U.S. astronaut described the International Space Station as a major achievement of humanity.
He said he was glad they could combine two important undertakings - the ISS mission and the Olympic Games - and was proud to be a part of that endeavor.
Soyuz TMA-11M will take off on November 7. The spaceship will bring an Olympic torch to the ISS. Astronauts will take the torch on a space walk and bring it back to Earth.
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